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School Arms Teachers with Tiny Baseball Bats to Defend Against Mass Shooters

13 April, 2018, 01:46 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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Millcreek Township School District, serving a suburb of Erie, Pennsylvania, purchased 600 bats for about $1,800, according to GoErie.com, and distributed them on Monday during in-service training for responding to school shootings.

World Series bats of the New York Mets lay on a rack ready to be shipped at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory on October 23, 2015, in Louisville, Kentucky.

The baseball bats are blue and 16 inches long.

The bats are just one of several measures created to increase student safety, Hall said. "Unfortunately, we're in a day and age where one might need to use them to protect ourselves and our kids".




Massive teacher protests at the Oklahoma state Capitol have done more than put political pressure on lawmakers: The situation has forced school districts, churches, community organizations and parents to improvise to take care of students. Smaller schools districts have said they will resume classes on Thursday.

The debate whether to arm teachers came to a head when President Donald Trump floated the idea of giving teachers guns as a school safety measure. The district also conducted an on-line survey to see if the public supports arming select staff members with firearms.

"Our previous lockdown procedure was that we would lock doors, turn the lights out and hide". The system recently added a concrete barrier around the high school walkway and additional security at each entrance.

"It is the last resort", Millcreek Schools Superintendent William Hall told CBS, "but it is an option and something we want people to be aware of". "We didn't talk about the other options of running or barricading... and how do you defend yourself", he explained.

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